Engineering Degree Programs, Colleges, Universities
|Engineers are described as problem solvers and creators. Engineers are able to think "outside the box" and apply that thinking to real life problems and situations. They seek a way to make everything in our lives work better and more efficiently. From the food we eat, to the roads we drive on, to the medicines we take and the clothing we wear, everyone of us has unknowingly been touched by an engineer.
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The field of engineering is vast and encompasses many different specialties. Engineers work in the fields of aerospace engineering developing commercial planes and military jets. They work in the field of agriculture developing new strains of crops and farming techniques. Engineers work in the field of architecture designing buildings that can withstand hurricanes. They work in the biomedical field developing life saving technology such as pacemakers and heart valves. They design medical instruments and technology such as CT scanners and MRI machines. Civil engineers work with the planning of bridges and roads, airports and water treatment plants. Computer and software engineers work developing the computer technology we use on an every day basis. We have listed just a few of the many fields of engineering here.
Today many high schools are exposing students to the principals of engineering. In cooperation with Partnership for Innovative Learning which is sponsored by the software company PTC of Waltham, Mass., schools are receiving Pro/Desktop and Pro/Engineer CAD software along with curriculum and teacher training. Students who never thought about engineering are given hands-on experience working with CAD software. High school students who are interested in pursuing an engineering degree should consider the following courses in school: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics, calculus, computers, electronics, business, writing and public speaking. Students should seek the advice of their guidance counselor regarding necessary classes.
There are various ways for students to pursue their engineering education. Many choose to start at a two year college close to home, some attend a four year college. Some attend institutes of technology or polytechnic institutes that specialize in engineering. A bachelor of science degree generally includes courses in engineering fundamentals along with some specific advanced topics. Once a student has received his/her Bachelor's degree it will be time to focus on one specific area of engineering on which to focus a Master's degree.
There are many different organizations offering financial aid to students pursuing a degree in engineering. One of them is The National Science Foundation (NSF) which awards approximately 1,000 3-year graduate research fellowships and minority graduate research fellowships each year. Students will also want to investigate whether the college they are attending is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology (ABET).